So it turns out The Nation returned to the telly over the weekend. A shame I missed it as Natasha Smith’s survey of Shearer, leadership and the party is far too good to miss. Try and make it past that droning clunker of a segue – hint to TV3: your video footage of David Shearer shows him as having two hands.
As for the actual piece – Labour’s structural fault lines are still raw. The union membership are presented as being at odds with centralising forces, while the place of identity politics within the Labour vision is still in dispute. The key to this is Shearer – the membership can cover the cracks once he has committed his vision to paper.
The most interesting question of 2012 of course is what that vision looks like.